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This week, we began to heal

May 21, 2017
Editorial ( , Lake Placid News

Newswise, this was a much slower week than the previous one, but the Tri-Lakes region is still in the process of healing from the four deaths that shocked our Adirondack small towns from May 6 to 12.

This is not normal. These horrible deaths of local people in the prime of life came one behind the other before we had time to process them: bobsled pilot Steve Holcomb in Lake Placid, a legend at just 37 years old who died in his sleep on May 6; Jamie Martin and Stacey Ayotte of Tupper Lake, shot to death in a horrendous murder-suicide on May 10; and Saige Borden, a 20-year-old Lake Placid woman who died in a canoe accident May 12 on Lake Placid lake.

Our hearts go out to these people's families and friends - especially this week to those of Ms. Borden, for whom the grief is so fresh. She was so young. We've had nightmares about losing our own children at young ages, and sadly, many people in the Tri-Lakes area have experienced it as more than just a bad dream. Their lives were forever changed, but they have survived, with help, and deserve to be doubly blessed and honored because of it.

As if that wasn't enough painful news, last week we saw multiple fires, including one that injured a student at Northwood School in Lake Placid, and a head-on motor vehicle collision in Saranac Lake with three injuries.

It was one of the busiest and saddest weeks we've seen in the news business in the Tri-Lakes. Locals seemed to reel from the weight of it all.

Lest we despair, there's also been good news. Last week was bookended by two graduations: Paul Smith's College on May 6 and North Country Community College on May 13. So it wasn't all bad.

Local people are in particular need of kindness and friendliness right now. It's a great opportunity to do something good and say something nice to those around you. Hopefully they will take comfort in knowing the community's heart goes out to the families and friends.



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